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NZSO to offer more Shed Series concerts and new Baroque Series in 2019

News: 19 December 2018

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will tour a new baroque music series in 2019 and expand its innovative Shed Series concerts in Wellington.

NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppännen and NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich. Image from Stephen A'Court, courtesy of the NZSO.

The Baroque Series will feature works by baroque masters Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, Corelli and others to Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Invercargill, directed by Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppännen.

Water Music, the first Baroque Series tour, will feature Handel’s and Telemann’s famous Water Music works, beginning in Wellington on 1 February. Water Music will also be performed in Auckland on 14 February and Invercargill on 12 September.

The Night (Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington in June) will feature works by Corelli, Telemann, Fux and Vivaldi. NZSO Section Principal Flutist Bridget Douglas will be the soloist for Vivaldi’s La Notte (The Night) taking on what she considers a rewarding but technically challenging workout.

The NZSO’s 2018 baroque concert Back to Bach sold out at Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul.

The Baroque Series will also be performed in the Cathedral of St Paul, Auckland’s St-Matthew-in-the-City and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Hamilton’s St Peter’s Cathedral and Invercargill’s Civic Theatre.

‘Where we perform baroque music is very important. The venues for 2019 were chosen for their intimate settings, atmosphere and acoustics,’ says Vesa-Matti Leppännen.

The Shed Series, which debuted in 2018 at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront, will return for four concerts in 2019. Each concert will offer a mixed programme of works ranging from classical giants to exciting 20th and 21st century composers – including jazz legend Duke Ellington, John Adams, Bach, Haydn and the New Zealand premiere of a work by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. New Zealand composers will include Jack Body and Eve de Castro-Robinson.

‘In the laid-back setting of Wellington’s Shed 6 you can get up close to the NZSO as it performs great classics alongside exciting 20th and 21st century compositions,’ says Shed Series mastermind and NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich.

‘The Shed Series concerts have a casual, inviting atmosphere. You can sit or stand, catch up with friends and enjoy a drink and something to eat while the Orchestra performs.’

The series will also include the New Zealand premieres of John Luther Adams’ Become River and Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas, and the world premiere of a new work written by oboist Russel Walder, arranged by John Psathas.

The first Shed Series concert, Rebirth, will be held at Shed 6 on 8 February.

All the works to be performed in the Baroque Series and Shed Series are listed under each concert entry on the NZSO website.


Baroque Series: Water Music

WELLINGTON | Cathedral of St Paul| Friday, 1 February| 6.30pm

AUCKLAND | St-Matthew-in-the-City| Thursday, 14 February| 7.30pm

INVERCARGILL | Civic Theatre| Thursday, 12 September| 7.30pm

Baroque Series: The Night

AUCKLAND | Holy Trinity Cathedral| Thursday, 6 June| 7.30pm

HAMILTON | St Peter’s Cathedral| Friday, 7 June| 7.30pm

WELLINGTON | Cathedral of St Paul| Saturday, 8 June| 7.30pm

Shed Series: Rebirth

WELLINGTON | Shed 6| Friday, 8 February| 7.30pm

Shed Series: Responses

WELLINGTON | Shed 6| Friday, 10 May| 7.30pm

Shed Series: Sinfonietta

WELLINGTON | Shed 6| Friday, 9 August| 7.30pm

Shed Series: Unwound

WELLINGTON | Shed 6| Saturday, 30 November| 7.30pm

Updated on 11th November 2019